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by Dermod Travis on Wednesday Nov 18 2015

There's something about local government that brings out the worst in some people.

Staff get spat on.

Mayors and councillors are often the victims of what can only be described as cyberbullying. In some towns, process servers would be well-advised to offer volume discounts to local governments.

It takes place every which way imaginable: fighting between neighbouring...

by Brendan Quinn on Tuesday Nov 17 2015

During the Federal Election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised, if elected, he would allow 25,000 Syrian refugees into Canada.

However, after the recent terrorist shootings last Friday in Paris, and bombing in Beirut, some people have called for the feds to think again about the decision.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall wants the federal government to suspend its plan to...

by Kyra Hoggan on Monday Nov 16 2015

Castlegar city council, at its regular meeting Monday evening (Nov. 16), unanimously approved the purchase of two AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) for roughly $5,500.

City utilities manager Jesse Reel, in his report to council, recommended the move, as well as changes to training and Occupation Health and Safety guidelines and procedures to facilitate the new equipment.

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by Timothy Schafer on Monday Nov 16 2015

It’s déjà vu all over again.

With a pending decision on the Nelson police board’s 2015 budgetary appeal still forthcoming at the end of this month, the board’s powers-that-be delivered their 2016 budgetary wish list Monday afternoon in council chambers.

And it did not deviate from the 2015 request — a submission subsequently denied by council and then appealed to the...

by Contributor on Monday Nov 16 2015

Rossland had a fairly dry summer in 2015,  with watering restrictions imposed in additon to our water metering.  Now that rain has returned, our reservoirs are filling up again, and there is even enough water  that snow-making operations are well under way on Red Mountain.  We can all breathe a sigh of relief -- for now.

This item, about BC's new legislation governing...

by Timothy Schafer on Monday Nov 16 2015

The City of Nelson may have designated itself as a “smart” community, but only in certain acceptable areas of the city after council turned down the offer of free public Wi-Fi coverage in high traffic city areas like parks.

City council voted during the last meeting against accepting Shaw’s GoWi-Fi program to provide free public Wi-Fi service in seven public spaces throughout the...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Nov 11 2015

A piper piped the parade from the Rossland Legion to the cenotaph and the moving ceremonies there, and crowds of solemn Rosslanders  attended, each of us honouring those from our land who have given their lives in wars and those in other lands who have suffered from having wars overwhelm and destroy  their homes and lives;  and each of us carried  our own thoughts about war and  its many...

by Contributor on Monday Nov 09 2015

From the Hill:

My first week in Ottawa was unseasonably warm; we could walk in light sweaters along the Rideau Canal, the last autumn leaves drifting down to the path.  It was humbling to walk the halls of the parliament buildings, knowing this was to be my work place for the next four years. 

It was largely an orientation week: meeting with helpful House of...

by Kyra Hoggan on Friday Nov 06 2015

Castlegar Communities in Bloom (CiB) is riding the incredible success of an entire decade, and is now asking the city to include their efforts in municipal marketing undertakings such as entrance signage and the city website.

At its regular meeting Monday night, council heard from a CiB delegation headed by B.C. CiB chair Darlene Kalawsky, who is well known for her tireless work on...

by Kyra Hoggan on Friday Nov 06 2015

A tentative date has been set for city council to hold a regular meeting at Stanley Humphries Secondary School, providing an opportunity for youth to learn about, and engage in, municipal politics.

At its regular meeting Monday night, council heard from councillor Florio Vassilakakis, who said the afternoon of Jan. 18 will likely see councillors on campus, not only addressing usual city...

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